Video:Tips for Serving Hot Dogs at a Cookoutwith Chris Davis
Summer is a fun time to enjoy cookout food like hot dogs from the grill. Watch this About.com video to see tips for serving this classic American food at a BBQ.See Transcript
Transcript:Tips for Serving Hot Dogs at a Cookout
Hi I'm Chris Davis for About.com. While you are enjoying your summertime barbecue follow these tips for serving hot dogs.
Checking the Grill Before Making Hot Dogs
Before you get started check your propane tank. You don't wan't to run out half way through the cooking process. You can use a propane gauge or simply check the weight of the tank. The lighter the tank. The less fuel you have. If the tank is empty be prepared with a second tank to swap out.
Preparing Toppings for Hot Dogs
Prepare your toppings ahead of time. Of course you will want the standards, Kethup, mustard and relish. However, before your cookout, dice some onions, slice some pickles, and chop up some tomatoes. Just before the hot dogs hit the grill bring out the toppings. Hot dogs won't take long to cook so your condiments will be ready.
Provide some unique toppings. Don't be afraid to try something different . Avacado, salsa, sauerkraut, salad dressing, Chili, anything goes on a hot dog. Get creative and experiment.
Toasting Hot Dog Buns
Toast your buns. As the dogs are getting close to completion butter your buns and place them on a cooler part of the grill. Each side will only take a minute or so, depending on your heat source so keep an eye on them so they don't burn.
Keeping the Hot Dogs Warm
Have a place to keep the hot dogs warm. Although hot dogs are best right off the grill, not everyone will eat at the same time. Keep an aluminum tray in an oven set to warm. About 125 degrees. As you grill place extra hot dogs in the tray and cover with aluminum foil. You can also place the hot dogs on a top rack of the grill away from heat.
Take a Break From the Grill
Remember to take a break and step away from the grill. Have someone who you can hand over the tongs to for a few minutes while you have a cold drink, and enjoy a hot dog yourself.
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